book reviews

Jenny B. Jones Author Spotlight

I love Jenny B. Jones books. I’ve read four of them and always want another when I finish. I’ve listened to them all on audio book, and the narration has been just as good as the writing.

10647131Grief brought Finley to Ireland. Love will lead her home.

Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She’s witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.

She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will’s travel journal. It s the place he felt closest to God, and she’s hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.

Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She’s the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.

Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?

Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she s been looking for has been with her all along?

THERE YOU’LL FIND ME made me cry several times. She did such a good job with making Finley sympathetic. I didn’t cry during her trilogy, but my heart raced and my brain whirred. She tends to have rich girl leads put in circumstances they don’t like. I’m not going to lie, I find it very hard to empathize with spoiled rich girls.

In THERE YOU’LL FIND ME, Finley wants out of the spotlight after losing her brother and being in tabloids as a bit of a wild child. Then she gets sat next to a movie star on her flight to Ireland. She assumes Beckett will be a complete jerk. She’d rather have her spot in coach. However, the flight is long, so she does talk to him a bit.

At the end of the flight, he says he’ll give her his autograph. She’s offended by that because she’s not one of “those girls”. Then she winds up staying with a family at a small bed and breakfast where he’s also staying.

Throughout the book, she has to work through her trust issues, which proves to be hard when Beckett’s co-star keeps popping up and even claims to be dating him. Then there’s the role his dad plays in creating a bad boy image to ensure he’ll get to be in more vampire movies.

During their stay in Ireland, Beckett realizes he appreciates spending time with regular people and out of the public eye.

I didn’t like how Finley constantly referenced the same Bible verse as her mantra, got jealous super easily, and fixated on calories. However, the characters do confront her about her eating disorder.

Overall, it was a clean destination romance with a teen heartthrob that’d make any girl swoon.

Then, I read THE CHARMED LIFE trilogy. It was so different I wouldn’t have known the same person wrote it. She wrote the most annoying spoiled brat who had to move to Oklahoma and live on a farm. I rolled by eyes so many times in the first few chapters. It’d be easy to hate the girl, but I loved her. First because it was fun to see her suffer and then because she became a friend and developed as a person. Then there was her amazing love interest. The spark was alive with those two. Ugh, and when they bickered I was enthralled. I listened to all three books in a week and still wanted more.

The series is about her adjusting to her new life now that her mom has remarried, breakups, new love, trust, and sleuthing. If I thought I’d have a knack for it, I’d start writing YA mystery romances after reading this series because I could not get enough.

6216670New York’s social darling just woke up in a nightmare: Oklahoma. Problem is, it’s right where God wants her.

Bella Kirkwood had it all: A-list friends at her prestigious private school, Broadway in her backyard, and Daddy’s MasterCard in her wallet. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model.

When Bella’s mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet–a factory worker with two bratty sons–Bella has to pack up and move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less!

Forced to trade her uber-trendy NYC lifestyle for  down-home charm, Bella feels like a pair of Rock & Republic jeans in a sea of Wranglers.

At least some of the people in her new high school are pretty cool. Especially the hunky football player who invites her to lunch. And maybe even the annoying–but kinda hot–editor of the school newspaper.

But before long, Bella smells something rotten in the town of Truman, and it’s not just the cow pasture. With her savvy reporter’s instincts, she is determined to find the story behind all the secrets.

How can a girl go on when her charmed life is gone and God appears to be giving her the total smackdown?

6297286Think you’re having a rough week? Bella’s stepdad, a semi-pro wrestler, just signed the entire family up for a reality TV show. Bella’s first thought: Kill. Me. Now.

Living in Truman, Oklahoma wasn’t 100% miserable for Bella. Sure, she misses Manhattan, couture clothes, and her dad. But she was making new friends at Truman High and almost enjoying her work at the school newspaper. Then the whole stepdad-wrestler-reality-show issue hit and her life is now being splashed across weekly tabloids and broadcast news.

As if having a camera crew following her around isn’t bad enough, Bella soon discovers a conspiracy against the Truman High prom queen candidates. And the closer she gets to the answer, the more danger she’s in.

As her relationship with Luke teeters between friendship and romance, Bella’s ex-boyfriend Hunter reappears and vies for Bella’s attention. Denying allegations of a love triangle, working to solve the prom queen mystery, and trying to keep her cool on national television finally motivate Bella to start talking–and listening–to God more.

But what comes next has Bella once again screaming: I’M. SO. SURE.

7116568Newly single, stalked by a killer, and in desperate need of some chic clown shoes–Bella is one skinny mocha frapp away from total meltdown.

When the Fritz Family Carnival makes its annual appearance in Truman, Bella’s keen reporter instincts tell her the bright lights hide more than they reveal. Her suspicions are confirmed when one of the stars is murdered. Though the police make an immediate arrest, Bella doubts this case is quite that simple. She needs her crime-solving boyfriend, Luke, more than ever. Problem is, his ex-girlfriend has moved back to town, giving Bella some murderous thoughts of her own. Then again, there’s no time for a relationship crisis when Bella’s doing her best to derail her father’s wedding and stay one step ahead of a killer. Is God sending her a message in all of this madness? With a murderer on the loose and her boyfriend’s ex on the prowl, this undercover clown has never had more to juggle–or more to risk.

THERE YOU’LL FIND ME was dark and emotional. THE CHARMED LIFE trilogy was slap-your-knee funny, action-packed, and romantic. Jones is truly versatile. You should really check her out, especially if you love books with flawed Christian characters.

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